1960s Board Games - Hats Off

1960s Board Games you have never of

You think you know your board game history? Well here are a pair of 1960s Board Games that I think will be “new” to many of you.

1960s Board Games rock paper scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors Board Game

We have all played rock, paper, scissors at times. But did you know this grade school game was turned into a board game? I didn’t until I found this 1967 board game by Ideal. It consists of game pieces with 3 levers, marked with a picture of a rock, scissors and paper. Instead of making the symbols with your fingers you simply tap the lever that represents your choice. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock. For each win you draw a game tile and try to fill in your game card. First one with a full game card wins. So is it any more fun than just playing the game with your hands? Not really and that’s probably why I had never saw this game before.

1960s Board Games hats off

Hats Off Board Game

The next board game is also from 1967 and made by Kohner Brothers. It is the Hats Off game. A game of skill which is actually really fun to play. Each player tries to flip their little cone-shaped hats into the scoring board in their color section. 5 points for each score and a bonus of 5 points if you stack two or more hats in your color section. The flipper part is spring-loaded and features Slide-O-Matic scoring! First one to 75 points wins. I am going to have to take this game to Arkadia Retrocade and challenge Vic Sage to a game!

Watch Hats Off in action

Mattel Instant Replay

He shoots, he scores! Mattel Instant Replay Toy from 1970

My streak of good luck at thrift shops and flea markets continued with this awesome little record playing toy, Mattel Instant Replay. Today if you want to check out some great instant replays from your favorite sports star, it’s as easy as pulling them up on YouTube or an ESPN App. However, back in the early 70s when I was a kid it was a little more difficult. You could wait for the sports report on your local TV station, or read about it the next day in the newspaper.

One day at school a friend of mine had a group of kids gathered around him while he was playing what I thought was a transistor radio. Turns out it was this Mattel Instant Replay toy. It plays tiny records on the battery-powered player. There were many different record sets you could purchase too. All featuring great audio clips of the biggest sports stars of the day.

Mattel Instant Replay

I never got one of these as a kid, but grabbed this one up at a flea market at a great price. I tossed in one “D” cell battery and fired it up. After all this time, the little record player inside still works. The sound is a little noisy, but that is to be expected from a toy that is over 45 years old!

Watch a demo of Mattel Instant Replay

Mattel Lie Detector

Can you pass the Mattel Lie Detector Test?

I recently picked up this Mattel Lie Detector Scientific Crime Game at a flea market. This is a version dated 1960. Players try to figure out who committed a crime by using a series of questions and clues. You can choose to put a suspects card into the lie detector machine and see if they are telling the truth. When you stick the pin in the machine the needle will point to false and a bell will ring if the suspect is lying. Or the needle will simply point at true if they are telling the truth. The machine itself is all mechanical with no batteries required. Once you think you know who committed the crime you may serve an arrest warrant and win the game if your crime solving skills are correct.

Mattel Lie Detector

Thanks to Youtube here is an old television commercial so you can see the game in action for yourself.

Mattel Lie Detector Scientific Crime Game Commercial

Shrieks & Creaks – The Talking Board Game


I love old toys and games that have a spooky theme. The Shrieks and Creaks game is one I added to my collection recently. A board game with a cassette tape full of spooky sounds and voices that instruct you where to move your game pieces. It features the talking tombstone, a device that connects to your cassette tape player (not included). The first player to escape the haunted mansion is the winner. Made by Western Publishing Company in 1988, it is the perfect game to play on a stormy night or in the Retroist vault!


Here is a Shrieks and Creaks TV commercial courtesy of YouTube.

Kenner Change-A-Channel TV Set

As a kid I was always fascinated by toys that let you view pictures or movies. Toys like the Fisher Price movie viewer, Kenner’s Give A Show projector and
Viewmaster reels. I found this awesome toy recently in a dusty corner of a Flea market. It is the Kenner Change-A-Channel TV Set from 1966. It is basically a film projector inside a plastic TV set.


It requires 5 D cell batteries to light the bulb and run the motor. The film is black and white with no sound. The set includes 3 different reels seen In this photo. Each reel contains 4 different cartoon or TV show clips.


I cleaned the toy up, put in some batteries and turned it on. I could see the dark, grainy image of Fred Flintstone but sadly the motor would not work to
pull the film through. I would have loved this as a kid. Heck, I love it now and am debating whether to crack open the case and repair or replace the little motor inside. Then I can kick back and enjoy classic cartoons on my very own TV in my room!